The Long View

While all of this automation designed around making our home lives easier is truly awesome, the one key dependency to making it all work is electricity. But you can imagine the demands placed on our planet’s resources if everyone had the luxury of fully automated homes. Hopefully the next generation of entrepreneurs will do for energy collection and distribution what my generation did for computers and global communications. Smart grids, sustainable energy sources, and respect for the environment will be just as important as the inexpensive sensors, standard protocols, and ubiquitous secure wireless communication that automation products of the future will need to support.

Assuming the energy problem is accounted for, the likelihood ...

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